Every Municipal Corporation in India is administratively headed by a Municipal Commissioner, who is the de facto head of the municipal corporation, the form of government which is usually granted to a city of more one million in population. While a mayor is elected to serve as the titular head of a municipal corporation, a municipal commissioner is appointed by the state government from the Indian Administrative Service and mostly from State Civil Services to head the administrative staff of the Municipal Corporation, implement the decisions of the Corporation and prepare its annual budget.
In cities other than New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Bangalore junior officials from the IAS as well as the State Civil Service are appointed. He/She is assisted by many Additional Municipal Commissioners, Joint Municipal Commissioners, Deputy Municipal Commissioners and Assistant Municipal Commissioners.C. V. S. K. Sarma
Dr. C. V. S. K. Sarma (born 1953) is an economist and a retired IAS officer (1980 batch) with exceptional public service record. He served as an IAS officer from 1980 to 2013, and retired as the Agriculture Production Commissioner & Spl. Chief Secretary to Government, Agriculture & Coop. Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. He was also the Vice Chancellor, A.P. Horticulture University before he retired.